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Airport parking review – will it include Canberra?

By sepi - 6 April 2008 20

The AGE today has a story on an upcoming ACCC review of airport parking charges. They, and Minister Albanese have finally realised airports are a monopoly that need some scrutiny.

However, the article states that the ACCC will review charges at Australia’s 5 major airports – so Sydney, Melbourne – and 3 others. Will Canberra be included? And if not, how can we get it on the list?

From the article:

‘Since 2002 passenger numbers at the five airports have increased by about 41 per cent, while for the same period parking revenues grew by 77 per cent.

“The inclusion of car parking in the ACCC’s monitoring regime will provide greater transparency and accountability for the pricing of these facilities,” Mr Albanese said. ‘

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Airport parking review – will it include Canberra?
Pandy 5:21 pm 07 Apr 08

What the airport needs is a light rail service between Gungahlin and BBP.

So why does not Snow build it and charge $13 one way (see above for the CityRail service) and then boast how cheap his train trips are?

moff 4:33 pm 07 Apr 08

Just noticed the ad on the right for CHSGolbal.com “for all your parking solutions”.

Is that targeted advertising or what!

+1 to google ads.

moff 4:25 pm 07 Apr 08

Terry Snow’s charge of $2 for every cabbie that drives through the gates is ridiculous. With the volume of taxi traffic going through you would expect that the charges could be dropped to at least $1. The man truly is a greedy maggot.

I discussed this with a cab driver recently and sugested that they do a 1-hour boycott of taxi services to the airport which he said they had already been planning.

mutley...again 12:05 pm 07 Apr 08

Of course the long stay parking is still a damn sight cheaper (and more reliable) than getting a cab to and from the airport!

Gungahlin Al 11:08 am 07 Apr 08

I note that the Deane’s Bus service from Civic to the BBP is to no longer go via Brand Depot. This will make it quicker for staff moving between offices (saves 5-10 minuts depending on traffic) but it will mean and end to using Brand Depot as an airport Park n Ride. Something to do with the newly completed pay parking at BBP you think?

On a related issue, Gungahlin Community Council had a win with the new BBP bus services to commence in June. Although it’s not the route we had hoped for, a new service will go from Gungahlin town centre to BBP. The original idea was to go down Majura Road, but the gridlock there has killed off that idea. Now it is to go via Phillip, Majura and Limestone Avenues, then Russell Defence offices and on to BBP.

A key advantage is that all the Defence people out our way will be able to use the service and avoid the parking mayhem at Russell.

ACTION are coming to our meeting this Wednesday night to discuss promotion of the service and the other local changes.

ant 11:03 am 07 Apr 08

That’s teh problem, the last gov’t sold off anything that wasn’t nailed down, like airports, and now they’re run for profit and seemingly unhindered by nasty nuisences like accountability or public interest.

Dave_K 10:46 am 07 Apr 08

It’s not just the price itself – it’s the business practice or infrastructure that forces you into their overpriced car-parking.

For example, Canberra’s ban on kerbside pickups. Geez, you can even get picked up kerbside at that HQ of piracy, Sydney Airport.

I despise paying for overpriced parking in Canberra or Sydney. But I don’t want to have to chance it on a taxi showing up to get me there (or back) in a reasonable period of time.

For alternatives, Sydney slugs you 14 bucks one way for a crappy City Rail train. Canberra offers an infrequent bus tour of the Brand Depot.

The sooner we go back to having airports as important pieces of public infrastructure and not just big cash factories for private investors, the better.

ant 10:11 am 07 Apr 08

OH dear, someone’s feeling a bit sensitive about this! The Canberra Airport’s got a page up saying they’re the cheapest airport and giving lots of tables to show it.
http://www.canberraairport.com.au/tr_car_par.htm
They’re quick!

Deano 1:25 am 07 Apr 08

Parking at JFK Airport (New York)

Short stay 1hr – $6.55 ($US 6)
Long stay 2 days – $32.75 ($US 30)

Parking at Heathrow (London)

Short stay 1 hr – $8.50 (3.90 Pounds)
Long stay 2 days – $76.30 (35 Pounds)

fhakk 12:22 am 07 Apr 08

Canberra’s not getting a look-see. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Bastards.

Sepi – ‘landlocked airport’?
Aren’t most airports landlocked?

ant 9:52 pm 06 Apr 08

Write to the ACCC with a complaint, as they use these as triggers to investigate (or they used to). LAX have great car parks, with a good FREE bus servicing them. Even those LAX is a pain in the bum, it works better in that regard than any of the airports here I’ve experienced.

As for Canberra airport, well it’s purely a big fat cash cow for Snow. And, it’s on the market (in case anyone’s got some spare cash lying around). Macquarie will probably snap it up.

sepi 9:31 pm 06 Apr 08

So According to the TV news tonight Sydney prices are twice those of New york. So that makes ours pretty high in a global sense.

And ours are high cos they built offices and shops on what should’ve been airport land, not cos the airport is landlocked.

Deano 8:51 pm 06 Apr 08

Lets compare the prices then:

Sydney Airport Short Stay 1hr – $14
Melbourne Airport Short Stay 1hr – $10
Canberra Airport Short Stay 1hr – $6

Sydney Airport Long Stay 2 days – $35
Melbourne Airport Long Stay 2 days – $40
Canberra Airport Long Stay 2 days – $34

Thumper 7:41 pm 06 Apr 08

The ACCC do something?

Hahahahahahaha…

captainwhorebags 7:36 pm 06 Apr 08

They should also question the Snow Clan as to why, exactly, picking someone up kerbside constitutes a security risk yet other airports don’t have a problem with it.

I’d wager that kerbside pickups risk the security of revenue that an overpriced carpark provides.

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